Even Teams

Kimberly - posted on 02/26/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Hello, I'm a mom of two girls and two boys. My daughters are Payton Dawn 16, Natasha Kelly 13. My sons are Mason Briley 9, Vincent Cameron 2. They are wonder and handfuls. I am lucky enough to be a stay at home mom. Currently I feel a bit more like a taxi driver than anything else! lol. We have a really tight nit family, I do feel completely blessed in life. The key to our tight family? Game night and eating dinner together every night no matter what, and above all else, praying together. It is working as I still get to tuck my 16 year old in bed every night :) I am having issues with my 9 year old and sleeping... he doesn't fall asleep well and is hard to wake. I have tried changing his bed time, changing his diet, and even time outs. Any ideas? Thanks kim

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If there is any stress on him right now (in the last while) this might be the cause. My 8 y/o is a complete night owl, but when there is stress (she is a bit high-strung) she will stay awake until all hours. I remember one time my hubby was really sick (in hospital with chronic illness) and she was only 5 and even though she was put to bed at 7pm she was still awake at midnight. Even without the stress she takes about an hour to go to sleep. We recently put our other 3 in one room to give her her own room and now she is asleep in about 30-45 minutes. I think she able to relax quicker alone. 



One other thing to consider is if he is getting enough sleep. Being chronically overtired leads to not being able to sleep and then being hard to wake up. Perhaps he is growing and needing more sleep than he was before.



I am not sure what else. I hope you can figure something out though. I love the "key" to your family, as it is the same as ours!

Kimberly - posted on 02/27/2009

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It is funny you should mention ear infection, because currently he is being treated for one. However, this problem stems way back before the infection. His father works late, till about seven or so, we have dinner as soon as he comes in and then spend some family time. My girls are in high school and Jr. high, so homework is usually finished up during that time as well. My son and husband usually play right to bed time. I was thinking that that was what made it hard for him to sleep, being fired up. We changed that and now about an hour before bed time which is ten, TV goes off, quiet time begins, showers, teeth and all that happen at the very beginning of the quiet time, and he still is suffering. He lays in bed for at least an hour, perhaps more. Then in the morning he has to get up at 8:15 to make it to school on time and it is a long process to get him up. Our pediatrician is stumped. His school work suffers. At my wits end. Thank you for responding.

April - posted on 02/26/2009

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when he sleep what is it like? loud? snoring? post nasal drip? growing and it hurts?  have you tried some tyelnol before bed, growing pains can hurt and he might not know that is what it is.  Maybe even an ear infection and the laying down is putting pressure in his head/ear so he doesn't want to go to bed, and his body needs it soo it makes it hard to wake him up...  Some suggestions to think about...

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